Category: Keys

Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World

By Matt

The increasing worldwide demand for plants suitable for use in aquaria and ponds has an unfortunate consequence that many of the plant species involved in this trade end up being released into local waterways causing a range of environmental and economic problems. Some of the worst examples include water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), Salvinia (Salvinia molesta),…

Invasive plant keys for Europe

By Matt

The EPPO-Q-bank invasive plants database provides detailed species-level information on all plant species on the EU list of Union concern, associated with EU regulation 1143/2014. This includes fact sheets, look alike pages and DNA barcodes to facilitate identification during border inspection and verification of interceptions in support of the implementation of the EU regulation regarding…

Mosquitoes

By Matt

Mosquitoes have been important vectors of human pathogens for thousands of years; their importance is likely to increase as global warming changes the world-wide distribution of mosquito species. Since the early 1960s, taxonomists at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU), within the National Museum of Natural History, at the Smithsonian Institution, have been providing taxonomic…

Ant keys

By Matt

  Invasive ants form a small and somewhat distinct subset of ants introduced into new environments by humans. A majority of introduced ants remain confined to human-modified habitats and some of these species are often referred to as tramp ants because of their reliance on human-mediated dispersal and close association with humans generally. Although hundreds…

Thrips keys

By Matt

Over the past decade two prominent thrips taxonomists, Laurence Mound in Australia and Gerald Moritz in Germany, together with international colleagues, have authored several Lucid Thrips identification tools. The first, a CD for identifying thrips species likely to be intercepted by quarantine officials in Australia, was produced in 1998. This led to further Lucid based…